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TOPIC: updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues??

updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 1 week ago #71262

Hi everyone-

I acquired a Joomla site from a client that was maintained by someone else and I'm picking up where they left off in maintaining it and making updates. Note: the current version is 2.5.1 and the update is for 2.5.8. My question is this: the person maintaining the site said he hasn't updated the site to the latest version of Joomla because the top banner is off in alignment and he thinks it's because of moving it from two different hosting solutions. So he is afraid to update it for fear it might make things worse. As the new manager of the site I don't see how updating it could make things worse if anything I think it could be a good thing to have the latest version and if for some reason there are issues you just fix those one at a time. Is there any reason why I should avoid updating the site based on his reasoning? Or do you think it'd be a good thing to update it?

Click here to see the banner alignment issue: [removed by Nick]

Also, in addition to the Joomla update the following updates are needed:
-Gantry
-Google Maps
-JCE Editor
-MissionControl template

Would updating any of these cause a disruption to the look/underlying structure of the site? I'm new to Joomla so I want to tread lightly until I know from you all (the experts) what would be best to do.

Thanks!
Last Edit: 11 months 1 week ago by Nick. Reason: Security Reasons
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updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 1 week ago #71267

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Hi AsheyStmc,

You should definitely update as quickly as possible, primarily for security reasons (there's especially one big security issue that was fixed later), but secondly for bug fixes. There should be no issues while upgrading, unless the site was created improperly and modified core files (including core template files). Either way, having a backup will allow you to revert if something does go wrong.

Try these steps:

1) Create and download a backup:
www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/test-site-akeeba-backup/

2) Fix your folder and file permission using Admin Tools:
www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/admin-too...nd-file-permissions/

3) Download the following package:
joomlacode.org/gf/download/frsrelease/18...e-Update_Package.zip

then install it from Extensions >> Extension Manager , as you would an extension.

4) Go to Extensions >> Extension Manager >> Database >> Fix

That should reset all your core files to 2.5.11 as well as your database.

5) Clear your browser's cache as well as your site cache.

Hope this helps!

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Nick
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updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 1 week ago #71294

Thanks for the information Nick.

On Step 1 I went to the link you suggested but am stumped on which version to download. Right now my site is using Joomla 2.5.1 but the update is for Joomla 2.5.8. Which one do I download?

Thanks!
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updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 1 week ago #71298

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You're welcome, AsheyStmc!

Do you mean which version of AkeebaBackup to download? If so, download the latest, which is 3.7.6:
www.akeebabackup.com/download/official/akeeba-backup/3-7-6.html

Hope this helps!

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updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 3 days ago #71749

Hi Nick,

Thanks. I tried to upload AkeebaBackup 3.7.6 but I got an error saying:

You need Joomla! 2.5.6 or later to install this component
Component Install: Custom install routine failure


So, which version do I need if I'm currently using Joomla 2.5.1 with PHP 5.2.17?

Thanks!
Last Edit: 11 months 3 days ago by AsheyStmc.
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updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 3 days ago #71750

So, I found a handy chart to help me (www.akeebabackup.com/compatibility.html). I figured it out. I need to download Akeeba Backup 3.6.

Thanks anyway!
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updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 3 days ago #71751

I tried installing Akeeba version 3.6 and I got an error saying "Outdated PHP Version: You are using an outdated version of PHP which is not properly supported by Akeeba Backup. Please upgrade to PHP 5.3 or later as soon as possible. Future versions of Akeeba Backup will not work at all on PHP 5.2."

Where do I go to download the latest version of PHP?

Thanks!
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updating Joomla - does it cause stability issues?? 11 months 3 days ago #71759

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Hi Ashley,

Try version 3.6.12 of AkeebaBackup for now:
www.akeebabackup.com/downloads/akeeba-backup/3-6-12.html

To update your PHP version to 5.3, you'd have to have your host do that for you, as it's a server setting.

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